Portugal holidays: The best destinations and months to bag a bargain trip

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Portugal is one of Britons’ favourite holiday destinations. With great weather and plenty to do, the country promises a holiday to remember.

Holidaymakers wishing to jet off to Portugal for some sun may be wondering when the best time to go is.

Insights from HomeToGo revealed the best time for a bargain.

Unsurprisingly, the summer months are the most expensive time to holiday in Portugal.

The average price of a night in a holiday rental in August was £167.

It’s slightly cheaper to go in July (£162), but for Britons who want to go in the summer, the cheapest option was June.

With the average night at £126, June was a good bet for assured good weather at a good price.

September was even cheaper at £111. Holidaymakers, however, will want to avoid October, with prices averaging £129 a night.

The cheapest month to book was January (£54), followed by November (£55) and February (£57).

March (£66) and December (£65) were also good bets for bargains.

Shoulder months and off-peak months may be the best time to holiday for Britons who want to save some money.

Some regions of Portugal were also found to be more wallet-friendly than others.

The cheapest region of Portugal for a holiday was Oeiras, with an average nightly price of £55.

Second was Monte Gordo (£60), followed by Funchal (£69) and Ponta do Sol (£71).

Rounding up the top five of cheapest places to jet off to was Porto at £76.

For a holiday in Portugal, Britons will need a negative test, even if they’ve been fully vaccinated.

Children under 12 years old are exempt from testing.

All holidaymakers will also need to fill in an online Passenger Locator Form.

Madeira, however, does not require a test for fully vaccinated travellers.

The country is slowly relaxing its restrictions with bars and clubs reopening on January 14.

Portugal does not require anyone to wear a mask outside unless social distancing cannot be observed.

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